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Thousands of motorbikers protest in Philippine capital Manila

A vendor blows bubbles as a street market occupies a main road in Paranaque, metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, March 22, 2019. Despite the numerous clearing operations, many vendors still sell along the streets causing heavy traffic in the area. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

More than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade on Sunday in the main highways of the Philippine capital Manila to protest at new regulations forcing them to display bigger licence plates, saying the measure would not solve the problem.

Cases of murders, robberies and other crimes perpetrated by people on motorbikes have been rampant in the Philippines, as more and more people turn to using motorbikes because the roads are so congested. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure into law this month, requiring all licenced motorbikes to display bigger front and rear plates to make them more visible to the authorities and any witnesses to crimes. (RTRS)

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